After his father is offered a new job, 12-year-old Granite Flowerpetal and his family move into the house built by Granite’s great-great-grandfather in the “hilly hamlet” of Carousel. Since its famous carousel factory shut down, the town has seen better days. Neighbors squabble over local ordinances and there’s a general malaise in the air. Still, Granite looks forward to a fresh start at a new school, where he plans to try out his new nickname, Gran—“easily understood, easily spelled.” His outspoken classmate, Catalina Catalan, however, questions his choice of moniker: “Don’t you realize Gran sounds like you’re a grandmother?” Content with just being noticed, Gran considers Catalina a potential friend, and when he sees her open a doorway in a hillside, he joins her in a secret, underground mission. In his latest offering for young readers, Eggers (Her Right Foot) successfully blends the real and the fantastic in unexpected ways as Gran and Catalina face a mysterious, hurricane-like force that thrives from their fellow townspeople’s sadness and fear. Black-and-white drawings by Renier (Spiral-Bound) lend a retro storybook feel to this cozy contemporary novel about lifting spirits and rebuilding community through teamwork and imagination. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Andrew Wylie, Wylie Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/07/2018 Release date: 03/27/2018 Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 336 pages - 978-1-5247-6417-3
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